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Tip of the week: Review NIOSH’s recommendations for respirator use during biological incidents

Hospital Safety Insider, April 8, 2009

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For those of you involved with emergency planning for potential biological weapons and agents, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted new guidance on April 3.

In its Recommendations for the Selection and Use of Respirators and Protective Clothing for Protection Against Biological Agents, NIOSH details what types of personal protective equipment responders may need, with an eye towards combating biological terrorism.

Respirator choices hinge on the concentration of the agent in question. According to NIOSH, for a biological agent, the air concentration of particles will depend upon:
  • Method used to release the agent
  • Initial amount of agent in the dispersal device
  • Particle size
  • Elapsed time since the release



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